Posted on: 24 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Air Transat is set to be the first airline to offer RAVE Wireless content streaming technology from Zodiac Inflight Innovations (Zii) allowing passengers the ability to stream movies, TV shows, music and moving maps on their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.
RAVE Wireless will be retrofitted on Air Transat’s fleet of nine A310-300 aircraft. The airline is a long-standing customer of Zii, with RAVE embedded in-flight entertainment (IFE) being installed on the A310 fleet in business class, as well as on the carrier’s A330 fleet throughout the aircraft.
“With the introduction of wireless streaming, we are taking our cabin service to a new level,” commented Jon Turner of Air Transat. “This is an exciting development and we are very pleased that Air Transat is one of the first airlines in the world to provide content streaming.”
The technology behind RAVE Wireless was developed by TriaGnoSys, which was acquired by Zii in September 2013.
“We have a very strong relationship with Air Transat and we are very pleased it will be our launch customer for RAVE Wireless,” said Harry Gray, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Zodiac Inflight Innovations. “This marks not only a step-change for Zii, but also for the whole industry.”
RAVE Wireless uses wireless access points (WAPs) to create an on-board wireless network for content distribution. RAVE embedded IFE and RAVE Wireless can be connected to enable passengers to use two screens – the seat-back screen and their own PED – simultaneously. It includes the ability to extend content across both screens, just as people can do with dual screens at home and in the office.